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Canine Companions for Independence

Community Outreach Programs

Canine Companions for Independence at Baylor Scott & White Health – Kinkeade Campus

Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) has affiliated with Canine Companions for Independence, a leader in the development of assistance dogs, to bring a premier service animal training center to Dallas Fort-Worth.

Located next to the Baylor Health Center – Irving Coppell, the campus trains assistance dogs for placement, free of charge, with people with a broad range of disabilities.


Our foundations are not-for-profit organizations established for the benefit of our communities

By contributing to Baylor Scott & White, our donors and volunteers support improved quality and accessibility of healthcare in our area.

Serving a health need in our community

BSWH continually looks for innovative ways to achieve its mission, which includes providing people with personalized health and wellness resources. One life-changing resource for many of those with a disability is an assistance dog.

Assistance dogs provide their companion with the courage to leave the house to pursue dreams again ... a safe haven. This powerful relationship often leads to increased independence, self-esteem and inclusion for a person with a disability.


About the assistance dogs

The Kinkeade Campus trains three types of assistance dogs:
  • Service dogs assist adults with physical disabilities by performing daily tasks.
  • Skilled companions enhance independence for children and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities.
  • Facility dogs are expertly trained dogs that partner with a facilitator working in a healthcare, visitation or education setting.
  • Trained in more than 40 commands, including turning on/off light switches, opening doors, pulling wheelchairs and picking up items.
  • 35 to 45 percent of the puppies that go through service dog training each year will graduate to be a certified skilled assistance dog.
  • Animal Assisted Therapy program

    Are you a dog owner who would like to volunteer your dog to visit patients? Through our Animal Assisted Therapy program, more than 90 sp​ecially trained therapy dogs volunteer one to four hours at a time to work with our patients.

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